Postage & Packaging…invoices too!

15 Mar

As promised in my February Missing I am doing a How-to on how I package the items I sell in my collection on ASOS. This is another non-fashion related video on my ‘There’s more to life…’ idea as I mentioned in my Anniversary post.

Today I received a new order and as my promise for same day (or next day shipping) I shipped the item today. This meant I needed to package and post it off by 5pm today. Although the title of this post says ‘Postage & Packaging’, I am only discussing the packaging side of things.

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The way you package the item impacts on the buyers first impression of you as a seller and whether you are worth buying from again. Doesn’t everyone love pretty packaging and nice words? The best packaging I have had from a high street store is Zara who box all their items and wrap them in a tissue/tracing paper like paper sealed with a round sticker. This is a more gift-like packaging. Now, I am not saying you should go all out and purchase the works, but a little thought will go a long way, even as far as the customer’s opinion on the item!

As you will find out I am a big fan on the tissue like paper wrapping on items. It adds a delicate touch to it and gives the impression that the seller really cares about the product they are selling you and have a high regard for its worth themselves.

I am not an experienced seller, I have only sold my first item last month. This is all new to me and I thought that any newbies out there could also relate to me. Nothing here will therefore be complex or too hard for you to understand either, as I am new to the whole selling world too. These are only the basics on packaging. This is my experiences shared to you!

Here are my holy grail when it comes to packaging…

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Tissue paper/tracing paper:

This is the extra TLC an item needs.

Bubble Wrap:

Essential must have.

Jiffy Bag (internal bubble wrap envelop)

Added bubble protection, I would go as far as saying that this is essential too!

Sticky label:

Better than writing over the jiffy bag, a more professional take, next to a printed label.

I started with the wrapping of the necklace with the tissue paper. This worked as added protection from the bubble wrap. And the customer will take pleasure in ripping it open to find a beautiful necklace.

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Wrap all around and secure it will tape. As you may have noticed I added last minute protection. I realised that the necklace sides may bang against each other so added a crunched up card in between.

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The final stage is wrapping it up with the bubble wrap all nice and snug, not too tight though and tape it so it stays.

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Finally, I decided to create my own invoice. ASOS do give you a pre-made one but I created my own logo at the end of my invoice, reserving ASOS’s rights by keeping their logo in its usual place. This will now represent my collection, I love it!

Here is what it looks like…

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(I will put up the actual invoice – name and address removed of course – so you can see what it looks like completely)

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February Missing

11 Mar

I haven’t posted for over half a month now, as I have been so busy trying to do the biggest things I wanted to achieve this year. February has been a very busy and stressful month for me. I have been trying to accomplish all my 2013 goals just after my January Blues and I think I am really getting there!

Making a Sale

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After listing so many of my clothes on eBay last year and constantly knocking down the prices I still never made a sale. Not one.

I then came across an ASOS Marketplace flyer advertising that I could make unlimited listings every month for free and pay only when I sell. So I listed all my items after hours of photo taking. One day, to my surprise I got an email from ASOS notifying me that someone had just made me an offer below my asking price. I accepted straight away!

I have 20 items in my collection and if you’re one of my blog followers and are interested in purchasing 2 or more of my products, comment below for an exclusive Promo Code!

If you, like me, have been trying to sell but have never succeeded, I will try to do a photo-tips post as well as P&P post so that you can make the first impression as well as a lasting impression with your shop!

Getting a Job/Internship 

After reading countless ‘How to Create a Winning CV’ books for nearly a year and being unsuccessful in job interviews I landed myself into the perfect part time job in February. What’s more impressive was that I got the interview the night after sending off the application and got the job the day after the interview! This was one of my biggest accomplishments and just what I needed as I was brought to the point of believing myself to be completely unemployable when I have so much to give.

Passing my Driving Test

This has been one of the most emotional roller-coasters of my life. I had failed countless driving tests for small reasons like…

– “parking too far away from the curb” and in the next test…

– “parking too close to the curb” and in another test…

– “not looking long enough in the rear-view mirror”…etc etc etc.

These are the most ridiculous reasons to fail me, especially because my general driving and manoeuvres were said to be POLISHED to PERFECTION. I had spend exactly 12 months failing tests for small reasons whilst others were passing with more faults than mine. I went home crying over my fail sheets showing only 1 minor and 1 so-called “serious”. This has led me to realise how these driving tests are only a matter of LUCK. This is very unfair. Just as I was on the point of taking legal action I had passed my 6th test, tears of relief over-whelmed me and I have since looked at my life so differently. This may sound like a bit too much for a ‘driving test’ but this test meant so much to me, so much so that it was having a detrimental effect on other parts of my life. I am now so appreciative of the smallest things.

I am therefore going to be doing a post about my whole experience and everything that I have learnt from it, if you are in the same position as me I hope that you could benefit from it.

Happy Anniversary Fashionista Picks

10 Mar

Today is my blog’s first Birthday and to mark the occasion I have compiled my biggest hit posts for you. Looking through the posts from March 2012 I realised just how much I have progressed in my photography skills (hint photography website yet to launch) and even my English, and have I ever mentioned that I am actually an English with Creative Writing undergraduate? Maybe I should add that to ‘about me’. I have also overtime changed my style so much, now opting for a more demure and grown up look.

So let’s get started with my very first fashion post…

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This coral crocheted collar number was my favourite piece last spring I wonder what part of the wardrobe it has fallen under. See my first ever post here.

For the rest of the photo’s click on the images to view their relating posts.

Jeans! Jeans! And More Jeans!

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This was when my jeans collection started growing and growing and growing and…still has not stopped! I am now into tapered trousers. I will be doing my new ‘it’ trousers look post soon.

Pretty Little Thing

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This adorable baby satchel was the beginning of my – what I call – ‘talking-about-pretty-things’ post.

Nail Art

I love doing cute designs on my nails. So much so that within only a few months into blogging I won a blogger’s nail art competition with Elf back in May! I haven’t been able to stop since, with cute ladybird designs to American and British flags!

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Branching Out

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My outfit posts really kick-started with this Look Book. I am hoping to do many more outfit posts this year too.

Do it my Way

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My first ‘How to Style’ post! My photography skills were really improving here, so much so that I use the image below to represent my blog on other sites.

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Beauty

I’m not big on beauty products but I am an avid reader of other people’s beauty reviews. I have although made an attempt to join the beauty community on discussions about make-up. This was one of my best.

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There’s more to life than Fashion. What? Really??

I took ‘Fashionista Picks’ a step out of it’s comfort zone and started writing about things that concern me and probably many of you. Starting with make-up and then money matters. I really hope to do more. Want proof? Check this out.

Here and Now! And Wherever Else?

I have been really busy lately, so much so that February is missing from my Posting History! I will start my blog’s second year with a Tell All! Watch this space!

XOXO MC

Jewellery Added to My Collection!

9 Mar

As you may already know, I have started my own collection of clothes and accessories on ASOS. I am so excited as I have snapped up a few photos of the jewellery that I have and have just listed a few of them.

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Chunky Chain Bracelet

This is a River Island chunky chain design bracelet perfect add-on to spice up any outfit. I am allowed to list this as FREE DELIVERY but only for a limited time.

I also have other offers, where if you buy multiple items from my collection you could get shipping for as low as £0.59 or even FREE.

To view all other items I have listed click on the images below or go straight to my entire collection.

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More to come…

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I have 20 items in my collection and if you’re one of my blog followers and are interested in purchasing 2 or more of my products, comment below for an exclusive Promo Code!

 

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Drowning Hearts This Valentine’s Day

25 Jan

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So Valentine’s Day is fast approaching with only 6 days till the end of January, I started thinking about my nails for the day.

I call these nails ‘drowning hearts’ as they really look like they’re drowning, perfect for those of you who are not really enthusiastic about a day of hearts and flowers. This was a really easy nail art design, I was inspired to do it after seeing one on Pinterest, and of course I pinned it straight away. If you like my posts you’ll probably be pinterested in my pins too!

I used:

  • Base Coat (Any)
  • Elf – Innocent (Perfect neutral base colour, of course, you can use any base/background you wish)
  • Rimmel Lycra Pro – Coral Romance (Its brush is useful for heart design accuracy)
  • Hair grip/Bobby pin/Kirby grip (My favourite nail tool as starred in one of my favourite posts)

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1. Start off with your base coat.

2. Paint on your base/background colour (Elf – Innocent).

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3. Using your hair grip end dot on your heart shape on each nail. Don’t worry about it being perfect, when it comes it filling it in all will be perfect!

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4. Fill this in using a good nail polish brush, preferably a nail art brush for accuracy, I am using my Rimmel Pro nail polish brush. I like to use tools that are accessible to everyone. I don’t always use my actual nail art pens when I don’t have to, to make it possible for everyone to do this nail design without having to go all out and buy nail tools.

Dont Blob it on Do Brush it on

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5. Do the same with all your nails! They

Keep in mind your baby nail, it is going to need a smaller heart.

And Finally Seal the Deal with a Top coat

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I think this is perfect for everyday and even for Valentine’s enthusiasts who, I hope, won’t be put off by the title. Hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as I did painting my nails. See you in my next post, Ready for the Run!

Spring to Monochrome

18 Jan

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Monochrome is being recycled this year for S/S13 and the staying in because of the snow made me feel a bit white and black. I decided to experiment with black and white and ended up with zebra print nails.

These nails have been done a lot and they’re so easy. You can tell I have been lazy with my nail art lately but I promise you there is so much tricky looking but easy to do one’s coming up in the next few days including outfits.

All you need:

♥ Base/Top Coat

♥ Black Nail Polish with Nail art brush / Black Nail Art Polish / Black Nail Art Pen

♥ White Nail Polish

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I haven’t got my usual step by step images for you since it is so easy to do. So, Protect, Paint and Get Creative!

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♥ Protect your nails with a clear coat.

I have been doing so much nail art with you here in my blog that I very easily run out of base coat and forget to buy more, so for now I am using my No. 7 So Bright Nail Brightener and it looks too pretty to cover, it really brightens up your nails giving it a natural and healthy shine, especially for these cold months.

Moving back onto topic, I then applied my white nail polish and after it had dried I used my nail art brush to draw curvy black lines. As you can see I have made the zebra patterns on each nail so varied. It was fun, quick and easy.

♥ Paint all nails white

♥ Get creative with your zebra monochrome

Don’t make curves too harsh, less is more here, so do slight curves. Also, when doing your second line try to follow around the first curve and so on. You can vary each nail as much as you want.

Coming up…

Valentine’s Nails!

My Fashion Journey

13 Jan

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I am obsessed with Fashion and Beauty YouTube videos and blogs. Instead of logging into Facebook in the middle of revision I am reading a blog post, hitting ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’.

Since it is nearly a year of Blogging about Fashion and all my musings I was sitting here looking at my page thinking about my journey. I get such a buzz out of blogging about Fashion and I want to join in on the Fashion world more and more. Since blogging I have been so much more fashion conscious than I ever thought was possible, I have also been able to utilise my love for photography.

The reason why I am writing this post is because one of my New Years Resolutions was not to let anything stop me from Posting, Pinning and Tweeting. I am always slacking off, I have so many blog post ideas in my notebook and I have not taken the photos, dressed up or posted. I always have an outfit I feel really proud about putting together and want to share but never get round to it. This time I am going to be doing so much more outfits of the day whatever the weather, and try to do them outdoor too!

I know this is going to sound really cliché but I have a feeling a really good feeling about 2013 and feel like it’s going to be my year. This past year of Blogging was just my getting started. I have so much more to give and I can’t wait for my next blog post.

If you want to stay with me this year, here’s all the places you’ll find me at…

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Getting Back Into It

31 Dec

Ever since I was 12 years old I loved looking at Fashion Magazines and ‘inventing’ outfits myself. I enjoyed Design class and was always doing designs as a past time hoping to one day become a Fashion Designer, especially after one of my teachers told me I should really consider a career in fashion.

I like to think that I am still as creative as I used to be and occasionally draw out designs on random bits of paper that I end up losing or in the middle of a Lecture. I have all these fashion ideas and I always think, ‘I should get back into it’, but I never do. Recently, I got out one of my sketchbooks and started sketching away and realised that after a whole year of no painting or drawing, I was very rusty and worried for hours that that was IT!

However, I began without drawing my usual silhouette to make it less frustrating and thought ‘If I ruin this, there’s a billion  more trees out there’. Aside from how ungreen that sounded, I carried on and after struggling to get my hand back in its old place I managed to do my first draft…

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I then went onto the challenge of drawing the silhouette. I went straight to it and decided on a particular stance. It was one of my favourites as it really lets you show off the outfit due to the models arms being spread out.

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One of my new year’s resolutions is keep at this and hopefully get back my hand for drawing.

Happy New Year!

MC x

How to Save as a Student…completely JOBLESS

25 Nov

I had been finding it hard to save money, I never thought a budget was important and my money spending was spiraling out of control.  Ever since starting University I was spending my own money a lot more since I was in charge of my own finances. Every shopping trip was an impulse with no budget. I have learnt a lot through these experiences and I am going to share them with you.

Card Convenience

I rarely used cash to shop because of the connivence a debit card provided. It also never felt like I was spending money – only plastic. Giving away a few twenties and then seeing your purse note-less would make you realise your spending habits. What I was doing was pushing my card into a little machine and pressing four digits and pulling it out again and MAGIC everything was mine now. The plastic was still in my purse but the money was going out of my bank.

You might think, ‘oh I can keep an eye on my money’, but what there is also to be aware of is using two or three cards. Spending £59.99 on one card, £45.00 on another and £19.99 on another will psychologically make you believe you have spent less when really it totals up to £124.98.

I have now tried to use cash more and more unless I am paying for something big, because you can’t be carrying large sums of cash around with you. In the inevitable circumstance its ok to use your card.

When I go on a shopping trip I try not to take my card with me, only cash and it really helps because I have a forced budget right there with me stopping me buying a lot of things and stopping me feeling like I have unlimited money.

Advertisements

Another issue I had was the irresistible urge for that tartan scarf or another pair of coloured jeans. This was triggered by advertisements that I voluntarily chose to let myself be taken in by. These advertisements are the subscriptions. UNSUBSCRIBE UNUBSCRIBE UNSCUBRIBE!!! When you sign up to shops online untick the ‘receive newsletters and exclusive offers’ box.

If you really can’t stay away from the subscriptions then make a separate email address you know you won’t need to log on for anything else but subscriptions but of course only if you can trust yourself from not signing in everyday.

Also if you don’t want junk mail don’t sign up to anything else, they do promise; ‘we won’t sell your details to any third party…’, but they do!

Shop websites entice you into signing up to their newsletter; New Look say, ‘Win clothes for a year!’ Now I am not one for negativity, but really? What are the chances of that happening?

Some others offer a 20% off introductory offer for signing up to their newsletter. Sign up, use that offer, and unsubscribe! Also only use that offer if there are items on that website that you actually need which leads me to my next point.

NO COMPROMISE!

Don’t buy things you don’t love. Don’t compromise with what you buy, ‘Hmm this dress is ok but I don’t like the cut, oh well, it’s only £25.00.’

Sale Psychology

We seem to think that something that once cost £150 and has gone down to £75 is worth buying. I spent a lot more money on items on sale more than anything, and most of them I have only worn once or never wore. Nothing is worth buying unless you really need or want it. Think, if this was not on sale, would I buy it?

FREE DELIVERY ENDS MIDNIGHT!

Unless you have something you really want, don’t buy! I have sometimes been in the situation where it was 23:59 and I was trying to get to checkout before the free delivery offer ended and most of those items were returned. Don’t rush. They have done this to rush you. When Superdrug have their free delivery I end up spending over £25, which is their standard price for free delivery on an ordinary day. So free delivery isn’t all that. There will always be free delivery offers as well as others and they come by all the time.

20% off is NOTHING

I used to get excited about 20% off student nights and codes but really they are nothing. It’s not worth being pushed and shoved and waiting in long queue full of students for only £20 off your £100 purchase. It’s only two pence off the pound!

The Dreaded Savings

Saving had been my biggest challenge. It took a lot of effort and even tears for me to finally grasp the idea of saving. The only time I was able to save was a few pennies in the piggy bank when I was seven years old. I never knew how to save or how to go about saving and every time I attempted to put a tenner in the money box it was out and spent the very next day.

I researched a lot about saving, some advice helped for a week or two but I had to find something tailored to my saving needs. One of my biggest issues was my regard for money, and through this I discovered the psychology behind saving. That is, believing that 20 pence isn’t much.

  1. Every penny counts. It’s really true what they say. I have battled with this issue for a very long time thinking I would have to save a fiver a day but that didn’t work.
  2. Don’t pressurise yourself to save but keep a savings goal. A lovely friend of mine made me a savings chart on excel. This totalled the amount I saved each day showing up at the end of each month the grand total. It also had a section where I was to put in how much I spent that day and for however much I spent I was required to save 20% of the total spent. On top of that I had a daily savings goal of £1.00. I know it doesn’t sound much but just think you could save £365 by the end of the year and if that doesn’t sound much to you then look at this. I can also save as much or as little as I like each day, be it 2 pence or £5 and sometimes I exceed my goal and it makes me so happy. It is such a booster. This savings goal was completely tailored to me, I was able to do this by identifying my weaknesses and what I needed.
  3. If that is a bit too much for you another idea for saving is, putting away any extra money in a jar (again with the ‘every penny counts’ principle) but not to pressurise yourself into saving a lot. Put a sticky label on it saying the total amount you wish to save, it could be as little as £10. When you eventually get to that total amount goal you can spend it after that on anything you like. This would make you feel so good about splurging towards an over-priced dress. If you feel motivated to save more, take the £10 out or however much is your limit and bank it straight away.

Savings Account:

– Set up a savings account or ISA. Get an appointment with your bank about savings accounts. You could catergorise your money and even rename your accounts; one could be called ‘life savings’ and another ‘general saving’ and of course you’ll have your ‘current account’. If you don’t want to end up spending your student loan you could have a separate account called ‘student loans’. This would help you visualize your spending habits and keep track of your money.

– Don’t have a large amount of money on the card that you use regularly. If it were stolen it would be harder for the bank to recover the    amount. Only have what you would spend each month so say as a student £500?

– If you work, set up a standing order where a portion of all the money is set up to go into your savings account.

The Secret Compartment

Sometimes I come into an emergency when I need the taxi home with NO MONEY in my purse. Since then I resolved to have £20 in my purse never to be touched or spent on anything, but that, as you might have already guessed did not work. I’d go into a local store and buy sweets and justify it by saying that I will make it up with another £20, but that never happened.

My purse has a lot of compartments so I put a £20 out of sight in one of the slots I won’t really be able to see. Even now knowing that I have a 20 there I am still not going to go and spend it.

These are my saving tips and what I had been battling with for a year, I hope I’ve helped you on your savings or have given you the idea to save.

All Prepped Up | Outfit of the Day

4 Nov

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I’ve been feeling a bit boyish lately, actually for a very long time now. I was always a dress-girl but don’t get me wrong I still love wearing dresses and especially in the winter since I can throw it on with leggings and a chunky cardigan.

I have been wearing shirts and sweaters with jeans A LOT. Maybe it’s been due to the rise of the coloured and patterned skinnies that are still around during these cold months. I just can’t get enough of my jeans, I always hated jeans and once upon a time only owned two pairs! TWO pairs! And that wasn’t long ago.

Today I put on this Gingham Check Shirt with Bright Pink skinny jeans. As well as boyish this shirt makes me feel a bit preppy. I thought I should brighten up this look with wearing these jeans again. I’ve been wearing it with my navy jumpers and the contrast is so daring but it looks great and I think it’s a nice twist to the boyfriend fit shirt. I bought this a size up without trying it on as I do with all shirt and I kind of regret it since it does fit a big baggy on me.

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And just to calm it down I wore plain black pallet flats.

New Look Cotton Gingham Shirt

Topshop Motto Kristen High-Waisted Jeans

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This look is a bit daring to pull off and I am nervous to put it up and out there but I am excited to know what you think of it. Hope you like!

 

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